Rhythmic Robot has introduced Jennings, a new virtual instrument for Native Instruments Kontakt, based on the classic Univox Jennings:
Jennings is a meticulously faithful recreation of one of the very first synthesisers, the valve-based Jennings Univox. The Univox was designed in 1946 by Derek Underdown and Tom Jennings, who went on to create Vox amplifiers and define the guitar sound of a generation. It was manufactured in the 50s and 60s along the same lines as its contemporary, the Clavioline, as a gigging keyboard for bands to use to supplement the basic acoustic piano that most pubs and clubs offered.
It generated a rich, warm, analogue wave (more or less a sawtooth) which could be processed, adjusted and filtered using 12 “tabs” along the front of the keyboard.
The original Univox Jennings was used notably on the hit Telstar and by The Beatles.